Articles | Volume 6, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 2671–2682, 2013
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 2671–2682, 2013

Research article 16 Oct 2013

Research article | 16 Oct 2013

Retrieval of spatio-temporal distributions of particle parameters from multiwavelength lidar measurements using the linear estimation technique and comparison with AERONET

I. Veselovskii1, D. N. Whiteman2, M. Korenskiy1, A. Kolgotin1, O. Dubovik3, D. Perez-Ramirez2,4, and A. Suvorina1 I. Veselovskii et al.
  • 1Physics Instrumentation Center of General Physics Institute, Troitsk, Moscow Region, 142190, Russia
  • 2Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
  • 3Laboratoire d'Optique Atmospherique, CNRS Universite de Lille 1, Bat P5 Cite scientifique, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex, France
  • 4Applied Physics Department, University of Granada, 18071, Granada, Spain

Abstract. The results of the application of the linear estimation technique to multiwavelength Raman lidar measurements performed during the summer of 2011 in Greenbelt, MD, USA, are presented. We demonstrate that multiwavelength lidars are capable not only of providing vertical profiles of particle properties but also of revealing the spatio-temporal evolution of aerosol features. The nighttime 3β + 1α lidar measurements on 21 and 22 July were inverted to spatio-temporal distributions of particle microphysical parameters, such as volume, number density, effective radius and the complex refractive index. The particle volume and number density show strong variation during the night, while the effective radius remains approximately constant. The real part of the refractive index demonstrates a slight decreasing tendency in a region of enhanced extinction coefficient. The linear estimation retrievals are stable and provide time series of particle parameters as a function of height at 4 min resolution. AERONET observations are compared with multiwavelength lidar retrievals showing good agreement.